The West should pay particularly close attention to the recent reduction in the prison sentence of Viktor Lozinsky, a former member of parliament convicted two years ago in the hideous beating and shooting death of a villager who dared to cross the path of the then-powerful lawmaker in 2009.

Evidence shows the victim, Valeriy Oliynyk, was tortured to death – hunted down, beaten, run over by Lozinsky’s car and shot multiple times. Lozinsky was convicted, along with two accomplices. When one human being commits such brutal acts against another, it is no accident.

Lozinsky already got a short sentence for a murder conviction – 15 years – even though the court cited the “extreme cruelty” of the crime. Last year, another court reduced it by a year. And this month, yet another court consisting of three judges knocked four more years off the sentence – to 10 years. 

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